Lou and I watched this documentary the other night about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who plays Elmo.
Prior to watching, I wasn’t a huge Elmo fan. But after Clash talked about the development of the character, I started to get it.
“I knew that Elmo should represent love – just kissing and hugging,” Clash explained.
Then I realized what a jerk I had been about Elmo…the little guy just wants to love! There’s nothing wrong with that!
In fact, I think it’s perfectly fitting that the modern-day Muppet superstar is a gushy monster.
To me, Elmo embodies the overwhelming affection I have for all the Muppets. With three older brothers who grew up in the 1970s, the Muppets are a big deal in our family.
Last night, during family dinner (our weekly meal at my mother’s house), we talked about the Muppets for 45 minutes. As we discussed our favorite characters and remembered special Muppet moments, we were all laughing and in a great mood.
So we dug up an old VHS of The Muppet Movie (yes, VHS…we wanted some Muppet action that bad), nibbled on cookies, and watched the film together.
“I gotta admit,” Lou said on the drive home, “I got a little choked up during ‘The Rainbow Connection'”.
Lou’s not a crier. I think it just goes to show that I’m not the only 30-something out there with a soft spot for the Muppets.
When we arrived home, I finished watching Labyrinth, which I had started earlier in the day (I’m in a Henson phase, can you tell?).
It was my turn to cry. Tears were streaming down my face as the sad-faced Hoggle said to the young Jennifer Connelly, “Yes, should you need us,…”
Gah! I’m choking up about it now!
Want to go down the rabbit hole with me? Then watch this. I dare you. Ten bucks says you won’t make it to the end without getting a lump in your throat.
Now, couldn’t you use a hug from Elmo? I know I want one.